With the script having changed hands now more often than the Millenium Falcon, there seemed to be a tremor in the force every time new Star Wars: Episode VII news was announced. However, moving from a summer 2015 release slot to the winter of that same year has pleased at least one person -- the film's director, J.J. Abrams.
“I will say that it is an infinitely better situation now than when they were saying they wanted it in summer,” Abrams told MTV.
“Before I even came onto the project they were talking about 2015 and they made this announcement very early on. I understand why they would want that, but it didn’t necessarily have anything to do with the reality of where anyone was creatively, so I think it’s a hugely important thing that [creative production concerns] come first.”
With many Star Wars fans burned by the prequel trilogy's general suckiness (Darth Maul excluded), you can understand Abrams' relief. Sure, traditionalists will bemoan Episode VII's move away from the Star Wars franchise's customary summer release slot, but if it results in an "infinitely" better movie than its recent predecessors, that's a small price to pay.
“A release date’s great, but you have to release something great,” added Abrams. “To me, the new release date is a huge improvement.” [MTV]